About Insight Santa Cruz

Insight Santa Cruz Mission Statement

The mission of Insight Santa Cruz is to support anyone interested in the path of awakening and liberation through mindfulness and loving-kindness.

To support this mission, Insight Santa Cruz offers a variety of classes and practice opportunities that help cultivate wisdom and compassion inspired from the Theravada Buddhist Tradition.

Insight Santa Cruz teachers provide guidance, support, and inspiration to develop:

  • Integrity (ethical living)
  • Steadiness of mind (concentration)
  • Insight into the causes of suffering and the path to freedom (wisdom)

Insight Santa Cruz and its teachers charge no fees and are solely sustained through generosity and volunteer support. This model of service and generosity “awakens and gladdens” the heart, and has deep roots in ancient Buddhism.

Our Teacher

The current guiding teacher is Bob Stahl. Bob is a long-time practitioner of Insight meditation who lived in a Buddhist monastery for over eight years. He now directs Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs in Bay Area medical centers and teaches residential retreats internationally. Bob is also a husband and a father of two sons. 

ISC was founded by Mary Grace Orr in 1989. She has practiced Insight meditation since 1983 and was trained to teach by Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Board of Directors

The governance of Insight Santa Cruz is coordinated by a Board of Directors, including the guiding teacher. We conduct our business through consensus, encouraging diverse points of view. We seek the balance of the “middle way” between structure and non-structure as we make organizational decisions.

Please feel free to contact any Board member in person, by email or by phone. Send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required to reach the entire board.

Bob Stahl, Guiding Teacher












Linda Kittle

Linda Kittle, President









Kara Haney

Kara Haney, Vice President                                   and Program Coordinator



Maggie Collins

Maggie Collins, Treasurer



John Moir

John Moir









Curt Coleman

Curt Coleman









Other board members not pictured

Alex Reveles

Eve Eden

Kevin Newhouse

Lorenia Parada

Tim Morgan

Yasmina Porter

Insight Santa Cruz has a beautiful meditation center at
740 Front Street, Suite 240 Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Read more about meditation practice in general.

Questions? Contact us.